Sunday, June 24, 2012
Obama has built an overwhelming lead among Latino voters, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of Hispanics finds
Obama leads Romney 66% to 25% among more than 1,000 Latino registered voters surveyed April 16 to May 31, 2012 matching his muscular showing in the 2008 election among Hispanics. Romney is in the weakest position among Latinos of any presidential contender since 1996 — and in those intervening 16 years their percentage of the electorate has doubled. Since the poll was taken, Obama has fortified Hispanic enthusiasm by announcing he would block the deportation of an estimated 800,000 illegal immigrant young Latinos who came to the United States as children. In a subsequent USA TODAY/Gallup survey, more than eight in 10 Latinos approved of Obama's action, most of them strongly. Romney should forget about the Hispanic vote and concentrate on maximizing his share of the white vote.